So before I get started, I’d like to point out that Rayleigh swam across the Calm Belt. ..yes, he’s the Chuck Norris of One Piece. I think he even made a stop at Crocus-san’s place, to have a little bath. Not only can he SWIM in the calm belt, he can also navigate and know where the islands are, without a log pose! Ah, logic. Just throw that useless thing out.
Anyway, (lol), the story’s really moving along now, with Luffy over his slump rather quickly. I’d expected him to mope around slightly, but he did refrain from smiling this chapter. I was surprised that Law just up and left, as I thought he might have at least stayed for a bit, but I suppose their relationship isn’t exactly friendly either.
At last, the reason for Kuma’s actions in sprawling the Strawhats has been revealed. Though I have to say, I wasn’t too surprised. Regarding his words “I have no more time left,” I believe he’s talking about how he’s soon to be fully mechanical due to the government’s orders. The question still remains, is Vegapunk evil?
Delightfully, Oda decided to change the focus back to the crew members again. If you’ve been watching the anime, you’ll notice that what the anime added was sort of the “backstory” to what was shown now. It’s as if the manga picked up where the anime left off. It was pretty funny that Chopper actually got the birds and humans to stop fighting, but you can’t help but think that the island was completely pointless. I guess that makes me slightly disappointed? Regardless, he really did fly off with a bird. A good twist, if you can call it that, was that Chopper and Usopp found out about Ace’s death throughout the newspapers. I wasn’t expecting any of them to find out until they all met up, but this is actually a better development. Hopefully the next chapter will continue to cover the rest of the crew.
Of course, a good chapter is not without cliffhangers. What is Rayleigh’s idea? What did Chopper see? I couldn’t even begin to guess what Rayleigh’s thinking. Chopper’s a bit easier. Obvious one would be his bounty raising, possibly to absurd levels given his involvement with the war. Anything else.. anyone got any ideas?